The free Fireside Chat lecture series hosted by the U.S. Forest Service at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center begins Friday. Twelve programs will feature a variety of speakers on topics related to natural and human history. Presentations occur each Friday at 6:30 p.m. and repeat at 8 p.m. during January, February and March. The series kicks off this Friday with photographer John Hyde remembering Romeo, the Mendenhall black wolf.
During winter months the visitor center is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge.
A traveling exhibit from Seattle’s Burke Museum about Pacific Northwest earthquakes, called “The Big One,” is displayed in the center through January. Spotting scopes provide long-distance views of the glacier, lake and surrounding mountains from the center’s observatory. Since mid-summer, viewers have been able to watch live action inside a Steep Creek beaver lodge displayed on a monitor in the observatory. This winter two adult beavers are the primary occupants.
The schedule of 2011 Fireside lectures will be posted on the Forest Service website at www.mendenhallglacier.net. Call 789-0097 for more details. For the full lecture schedule, e-mail Laurie Craig at email@example.com.